Green Thumb Sunday
I don't grow veggies. I've made attempts to grow various kinds of produce over the years. Resulting in spectacular failures. Did I ever mention the golfball sized watermelon? So I stick to flowers. More success. Better pictures.
I always felt that I lacked an innate ability to grow anything edible. Until I took the Master Gardener course. That was when I realized that growing veggies is a completely different skill set. And some items are just very difficult to grow successfully. Who knew that those fruit trees heavily advertised in catalogs are the source of much heartache and loss? Another surprise was corn. Supposedly you need a lot of space and a lot plants to obtain actual ears of corn. Not that I've ever tried to grow corn. It was just one of those interesting things I learned.
So you can imagine my surprise when I saw this:
That's corn growing in the compost bin at Rutgers Gardens. If you click on the picture to enlarge it and peer intently, you can see an ear of corn. In the background is what looks like a squash. Or zucchini. I'm completely at sea when it comes to the difference between the two. Growing in the next bin is:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but that looks a lot like datura. Obviously these plants are coming from seeds from Adopt-A-Plotters' plots. I've been dumping a lot spent sunflower heads in the compost bin so I expect to see a a bumper crop of sunflowers next year. I'll be sure to post pictures.
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